Founder and Designer
René Pinnell is the founder and designer of Artizen, a crowdfunding platform for artist grants. Playing a central role in the artistic renaissance of virtual reality, René has helped creators raise more than $6MM for original projects including the first seven-figure deal for a VR film at Sundance.
As an executive producer, René Pinnell has worked on some of the industry’s most groundbreaking work including the animated VR film BATTLESCAR, starring Rosario Dawson, and the VR series SPHERES, starring Jessica Chastain, Millie Bobby Brown, and Patti Smith. As a filmmaker & designer, René produced the acclaimed comedy show Backpack Picnic, directed the feature documentary The King of Texas, sold a TV pilot to MTV, designed 5 products & founded 2 companies.